Bette Midler and Other Celebs Call for Trump's Arrest Amid Capitol Hill Protests

Many Americans are watching in horror on Wednesday as thousands of Donald Trump's supporters have stormed the U.S. Capitol Building following a "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C. The pro-Trump protesters are acting out in defiance of Congress' attempt to certify President-Elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

The protesters clashed with the police and managed to knock down several layers of barricades outside the Capitol and entered the building. The Capitol was put on lockdown this afternoon, and the Cannon House Office Building and Madison Library of Congress were evacuated. Videos on social media show police injured, and there are reports of medical stretchers leaving the scene. Muriel Bowser, the Mayor of Washington, D.C., imposed a 6 p.m. curfew for the city in response to the situation.

Many people took to social media to react to the Capitol Hill protests, including such celebrities as Meghan McCain, Bette Midler, and Rob Reiner—all of whom appeared to be upset and shocked.

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Protesters gather inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images

McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, wrote that she's heartbroken by the violence and unrest unfolding at the Capitol, and she asked her followers to pray for peace.

My heart is completely broken watching this.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 6, 2021

This accomplishes nothing. Pray for our country and Capitol police. https://t.co/WyXcOmpyRk

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 6, 2021

God have mercy on our country. Pray for peace. This is like the purge. https://t.co/SNExaHHZ2D

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 6, 2021

Outspoken Trump critic Alyssa Milano tweeted that the protests are "an attempted coup to keep a reality tv star in power."

This is an attempted coup to keep a reality tv star in power.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 6, 2021

Actress and Broadway star Bette Midler wrote that Trump "should be arrested ASAP." She also called out Texas Senator Ted Cruz."You did this; you and your traitorous colleagues," she wrote. "This will follow you all your days. Deal with it."

He should be arrested ASAP. https://t.co/goplIUiv8L

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) January 6, 2021

#TedCruz, you did this; you and your traitorous colleagues. This will follow you all your days. Deal with it. https://t.co/JBUFW3RbRh

— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) January 6, 2021

Comedian Patton Oswalt called out the fact that Trump still has access to Twitter. "Shut down his g**damn Twitter feed and throw him in motherf**king jail. NOW." He also shared a tweet of Trump's from over the summer, in which the president condemned anyone doing damage to Federal buildings.

Shut down his goddamn Twitter feed and throw him in motherfucking jail. NOW.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 6, 2021

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— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 6, 2021

Meena Harris, lawyer and niece of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, told her followers not to ignore what is happening at the Capitol. "Do not downplay this. There are reports of gunshots and bomb threats at the Capitol. Democratically elected leaders are being forced to evacuate," she wrote. "Their families are scared for their safety. This is a white supremacist domestic terrorist threat FULL STOP."

Do not downplay this. There are reports of gunshots and bomb threats at the Capitol. Democratically elected leaders are being forced to evacuate. Their families are scared for their safety. This is a white supremacist domestic terrorist threat FULL STOP.

— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) January 6, 2021

Comedian and actor Josh Gad was critical of Capitol Police. "This is either a dereliction of duty by the Capital Police or a complicit desire to not plan for the known threat of chaos today," he wrote on Twitter. "Either way, this is inexcusable. If you can be prepared for imaginary ANTIFA protestors, you had no business not prepping for these actual terrorists."

It ain’t an attempt. https://t.co/cKy5bL00Y4

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 6, 2021

This is either a dereliction of duty by the Capital Police or a complicit desire to not plan for the known threat of chaos today. Either way, this is inexcusable. If you can be prepared for imaginary ANTIFA protestors, you had no business not prepping for these actual terrorists.

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 6, 2021

Actor Don Cheadle simply wrote: "guns drawn in the chamber ... smdh ..."

guns drawn in the chamber ... smdh ...

— Don "bruh, you lost" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 6, 2021

Filmmaker Rob Reiner said that Trump needs to be arrested for "for Sedition, Treason, and Inciting Violence."

Trump needs to be arrested for Sedition, Treason, and Inciting Violence.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 6, 2021

"This is a coup attempt on behalf of Trump and his complicit allies," actor Mark Ruffalo wrote. "This is All on Trump and his administration. The cowards in the GOP must be held accountable."

He also asked folks to put things into perspective. "Imagine if this was our side. There would be rivers of our blood in the streets and not a single one of us would be armed," he wrote. "This has been allowed. #CoupAttempt."

This is a coup attempt on behalf of Trump and his complicit allies. This is All on Trump and his administration. The cowards in the GOP must be held accountable. #CoupAttempt

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 6, 2021

Imagine if this was our side. There would be rivers of our blood in the streets and not a single one of us would be armed. This has been allowed. #CoupAttempt

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 6, 2021

Actress Minnie Driver called out Trump's "pathetic legacy," writing: "Amplified hatred. That's all his lame presidency has been about + it's where the #GOP has ended up. Here, in the dying breath, as they gasp for one last shriek of chaos. All I can think is, you created all of this s**t and it's the whole of your pathetic legacy."

Amplified hatred. That’s all his lame presidency has been about + it’s where the #GOP has ended up. Here,in the dying breath, as they gasp for one last shriek of chaos. All I can think is, you created all of this shit and it’s the whole of your pathetic legacy. @realDonaldTrump

— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) January 6, 2021

Comedian Mark Birbiglia said that the protests are "Domestic terrorism." "No one should call it anything else," he wrote.

Domestic terrorism. No one should call it anything else. https://t.co/l33o40F8AA

— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) January 6, 2021

Actress and writer Gabrielle Union shared a tweet from political activist Bree Newsome Bass, reading: "When can we stop being surprised that white supremacists are the most violent element in America and actually address/end the violence?"

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— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 6, 2021

Actress Sophia Bush called out Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger for feeling "ashamed" to be a Republican. "Just figuring that out,@RepKinzinger??" she wrote. "Your party caused this. They've breached government. Insurrectionists are ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. You all did this. Cowards. Traitors. Seditionists."

GOP @RepKinzinger just now to NBC: "Anyone who calls themselves a Republican like myself should be very ashamed right now."

— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) January 6, 2021

"The irony is pretty funny," rapper Cardi B wrote. "[W]eren't people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice and now?.....Let me just watch."

The irony is pretty funny.........weren’t people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice and now?πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”......Let me just watch.

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 6, 2021

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe reposted a video of a police officer taking a picture with a MAGA protester. "Well well well. This is a Police Officer taking a selfie with a domestic terrorist that has stormed the Capitol Building," she wrote. "Protect and serve is exactly what this officer is doing."

Well well well. This is a Police Officer 🀳🏼 taking a selfie with a domestic terrorist that has stormed the Capitol Building. Protect and serve is exactly what this officer is doing. https://t.co/H3i8qHouY6

— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) January 6, 2021

Morning Joe cohost Joe Scarborough wrote: "This violence is what Donald Trump has wanted all along. A siege of the US Capitol. #Fascism"

This violence is what Donald Trump has wanted all along. A siege of the US Capitol. #Fascism

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 6, 2021

Actor Chris Evans wrote, "Just think of the carnage had they not been white." Minutes later, he added, "So many people enabled this."

Just think of the carnage had they not been white.

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 6, 2021

So many people enabled this.

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 6, 2021

Actor and rapper Ice-T also asked people to wonder how this scene would have unfolded had it been people affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement who had invaded the Capitol.

Just imagine for a second if BLM tried this BS.. Just sayin.

— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 6, 2021

"Lets get real - If the 'protestors' and 'concerned citizens' storming the Capitol were BLM or people of color, the National Guard would have tanks on the streets," The Office alum Rainn Wilson tweeted.

Lets get real - If the β€œprotestors” and β€œconcerned citizens” storming the Capitol were BLM or people of color, the National Guard would have tanks on the streets, dozens would be dead and hundreds being beaten in prison.

— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) January 6, 2021

Filmmaker James Gunn shared a Twitter thread regarding the pro-MAGA protests. "People broke into the Capitol building, destroyed property, one woman has been shot in the neck, our elected officials are in hiding with gas masks on, and THE SITTING PRESIDENT REFUSED TO ALLOW THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT ANYONE," he wrote.

I'll restate that: People broke into the Capitol building, destroyed property, one woman has been shot in the neck, our elected officials are in hiding with gas masks on, and THE SITTING PRESIDENT REFUSED TO ALLOW THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT ANYONE.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 6, 2021

"So, they throw down the American flag to put up a Trump flag and this is supposed to be people who love America? Give me a break," filmmaker Paul Feig tweeted, in response to a video from Politico.

So, they throw down the American flag to put up a Trump flag and this is supposed to be people who love America? Give me a break. https://t.co/qL3v7YJscd

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 6, 2021

Alec Baldwin called the American law enforcement "ethos" "racist to the core." "Tear gas? Pepper spray? A few knees on a few necks?" he wrote. "Not now. The protesters are angry, disenfranchised...AND WHITE!!!"

The American law enforcement ethos is racist. TO THE CORE!!!
Tear gas? Pepper spray? A few knees on a few necks?
Not now. The protesters are angry, disenfranchised...AND WHITE!!!

— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) January 6, 2021